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4/4/2014 6:50:00 AM
Earlville weighs pros, cons of city-wide trash service

A single service would drastically reduce the number of garbage haulers currently on the city streets. Residents currently have garbage picked up on different days, which results in trucks running up and down their neighborhoods. A single residential service would greatly reduce the days when garbage trucks are in neighborhoods.

Not all residents need regular garbage service. Several residents said they either take their garbage to their business dumpster or out to a family farm. The garbage service will be billed along with residential water service and those residents do not believe the city should charge them for a service they do not need or want.

Most residents would see their garbage bills drop dramatically if the city signed one contract with one company for curbside garbage and recycling pick-up. Individual contracts run $22.17-$39.20 per month depending on the hauler. Current bids range from $12 to $25 per month depending on the type of service the city selects. Service options include company-provided totes for garbage and recycling, bulk item pick-up, or unlimited garbage pick-up from a resident’s own trash cans.

The proposed service is for residences only. Garbage haulers could still be plying the streets as they service commercial dumpsters. At least one business owner would like the city to look into a money-saving contract for dumpsters.

It could immediately correct a dumping problem:
Other residents said a single, required service could cut down on the amount of garbage left in city streets or dumped at a neighbor’s. This would solve the problem of unwanted neighborhood dumping.

Some residents are satisfied with the service provided by their current hauler. A change in service, along with the addition of curbside recycling, may not be as efficient and would eliminate individual choice.

Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief

EARLVILLE — Citywide garbage pick-up in Earlville hit a snag Wednesday night when the nearly two dozen people attending a city council committee meeting spoke against the move.

Alderman Brock Harp listened to concerns and complaints before asking fellow aldermen to survey all residents about the proposal before making any decisions.

That lack of decision did not sit well with some residents, including Jerry Jones, who is in favor of the service.

“I really don’t know what the confusion is,” he said. “Anybody that has a house in Earlville, they should pay unless they have a business.

“Jesus-criminy, you people come up here and you argue and you argue — just pass it.”

The city currently has no single city-wide service. Instead, residents contract individually with a waste hauler to pick up their garbage.

The survey will be sent out to all current city water customers and ask them if they approve or disapprove of a city-wide service. The survey will be advisory only, but Harp said the council would most likely factor in the results before making a decision on a single service.

The next city council meeting was moved to 7 p.m. April 21 in order to review the survey results.

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